How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
That’s right, Joss Whedon now has his own action figure. Or, rather, figurine, as Entertainment Weekly notes it doesn’t have moveable joints. But whatever you want to call it, you can get Whedon as one of four mini-figures packaged with the collector’s edition of Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Spurlock, Stan Lee and Harry Knowles are the other three.
The Whedon and Spurlock figures will be available with the DVD exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us beginning July 10, which means fans may even get a chance to have them signed by the filmmakers themselves at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Wait, that means you’d have to take them out of the package — so just have them sign the plastic case.
Awards | The Guy Davis short story “The Phototaker” has been removed from the 2012 Eisner Awards ballot after it was determined to be ineligible. “The ‘Phototaker’ Eisner nomination was a mix up,” Davis wrote on Twitter. ” Jackie Estrada messaged me after I posted asking about the original English version, which came out in Metal Hurlant #9 (2003). So it’s not eligible for the 2012 Eisner nomination and has been removed. Thanks for all the congratulations yesterday, but I’m happy to clear this up and have it removed from the running.” [Eisner Awards]
Publishing | DC Comics’ Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne and Vice President of Marketing John Cunningham respond to March’s direct-market sales estimates, which saw Marvel claim three of the Top 10 spots after a February shutout. “We are pleased that we gained share, and we never expected that we would hold ten out of ten at the top of the chart for ever,” Wayne said. “I think it is better for the business if everybody is firing on all cylinders, that our competitors are doing interesting things, and we are doing interesting things. It keeps everybody on their toes and it keeps enthusiasm in the readership. The retailers remain involved wanting to make sure that they have enough of everything. I think it’s a good thing all around.” [ICv2.com]
Apple.com has premiered the first trailer for Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, the film by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) examining the cultural phenomenon that is Comic-Con International by following the lives of five attendees.
As you can see from the cosplay-heavy trailer below, the documentary also boasts plenty of familiar faces, including Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and Stan Lee (who, along with Joss Whedon, is one of the executive producers.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope opens April 6.
Morgan Spurlock has written a book and made a movie about San Diego Comic-Con. Spurlock got full access to Comic-Con to film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope and sent photographers Aba Tulle and Peter McCabe out to document the celebrities and the fans forthe lushly illustrated companion volume from DK Publishing. The book will be available, appropriately enough, on Preview Night, at the Sideshow Collectibles booth.
The way the whole thing came together is classic San Diego, and illustrates why people bother to make the trek, despite the hassles involved. It all started when Spurlock went to the 2009 Comic-Con to film a Simpsons special and ended up meeting Stan Lee.
Spurlock said, “I went to kiss his ring and tell him that when I was a kid, he changed my life and made me realize that I could tell all the different kinds of weird adventure stories that were in my head.”
“Stan Lee says to me that we should make a documentary together and it should be about Comic-Con,” Spurlock said. At the same party, Spurlock said he ran into his agent, Robert Michelli from CAA. “I told him I want to make a movie about Comic-Con and he tells me I should meet another client of his—Joss Whedon!”
You get a bunch of creative types into the same room and that’s what you end up with. The film was made at the 2010 Comic-Con and features creators like Moto Hagio and Frank Miller as well as movie stars and assorted other celebs. Spurlock said that announcements about screenings will be coming very soon.
With Memorial Day approaching on Monday here in the United States, Vertigo had a couple of posts on their blog this week that seem appropriate to link to. First, on Thursday, Pamela Mullin posted filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s introduction to DMZ: Hearts and Minds trade:
We’re lucky here in the United States. There hasn’t been a war fought on American soil in more than 145 years. We’ve been distanced, protected, and made safe from the fear and horrors of war, especially from the possibility of having one in our own backyard.
When you go home tonight, turn on one of our Big 4 TV news networks and see how much coverage is actually dedicated to any of the ongoing struggles happening beyond our borders. In the United States, we have helped support and create a government and a media machine that puts us in a bubble, reinforces a xenophobic view of the world, and puts all of our troubles “out of sight and out of mind.”
But all that stops in DMZ – and I find that to be the bravest and most important part of this revolutionary series.
Marc Malkin of E! Online reports that Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) are teaming up to make a documentary about Comic-Con International in San Diego. It “will be centered on a still-to-be-cast group of convention-going superfans,” he says, and will follow them for a few months before the con, in addition to seeing what they’re up to in San Diego.
Both Whedon and Spurlock are no strangers to Comic-Con. Whedon, of course, has attended numerous times to promote things like Dollhouse and Buffy, while Spurlock was there last year recruiting fans for The Simpsons 20th anniversary documentary he did. And both have a relationship with Dark Horse, as Spurlock is working on Supersized: Strange Tales From a Fast Food Culture with the publisher.